The Bay Area Social Services Consortium (BASSC) is an agency-university-foundation partnership founded in 1987 that promotes social service research, training, and policy development to strengthen public sector social services in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Research

The BASSC Research Response Team, led by the Mack Center, responds to the needs of public sector social service agencies for evidence to inform services and build organizational capacity, conducting structured literature reviews and research projects through close collaboration between the Mack Center and agency administrators and line staff.

See Building Comprehensive Agency-University Partnership: A Case Study in the Bay Area Social Services Consortium

Training

BASSC is committed to developing a professional and skilled public sector human service workforce as well as implementing promising practices across the San Francisco Bay Area region. It pursues these objectives through the Executive Development Program (EDP), administered by UC Berkeley Extension. The invitational EDP was launched in 1994 to meet the management training needs of middle and senior managers located in county public sector human service organizations. It features 3 one-week sessions as part of a year-long program along with inter-agency projects designed to share and incorporate promising practices.

Policy

BASSC has an ongoing investment in policy analysis and development. Policy implementation activities include case studies aimed at capturing promising and innovative programs and practices.

Members

County Members:
Alameda County Social Services Agency
Contra Costa County Employment and Human Services Department
Marin County Health and Human Services
Monterey County Social Services Department
Napa County Health and Human Services
San Benito County Health & Human Services 
San Francisco Department of Human Services
San Mateo County Human Services Agency
Santa Clara County Social Services Agency
Santa Cruz Human Services Department
Solano County Health and Social Services
Sonoma County Human Services

University Members:
California State University, East Bay Department of Social Work 
California State University, Monterey Bay Master of Social Work 
San Francisco State University School of Social Work
San Jose State University School of Social Work
University of California, Berkeley School of Social Welfare

Foundation Members:
Zellerbach Family Foundation